Glasgow smile

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"Chelsea smile" redirects here. For the song by Bring Me the Horizon, see Suicide Season.
"Chelsea grin" redirects here. For the band, see Chelsea Grin.
For other uses, see Glasgow smile (disambiguation).
Actor Tommy Flanagan was given a Glasgow smile when he was attacked outside a bar in Scotland.[1]

A Glasgow smile (also known as a Chelsea smile, or a Glasgow, Chelsea, or Cheshire grin) is a wound caused by making a cut from the corners of a victim's mouth up to the ears, leaving a scar in the shape of a smile.[2][3][4]

The act is usually performed with a utility knife or a piece of broken glass,[5] leaving a scar which causes the victim to appear to be smiling broadly.

The practice is said to have originated in Glasgow, Scotland[6] but became popular with English street gangs (especially among the Chelsea Headhunters,[7] a London-based hooligan firm, among whom it is known as a "Chelsea grin" or "Chelsea smile").

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  1. ^ Fretts, Bruce (November 2014). "Sons of Anarchy‍ '​s Tommy Flanagan on Those Facial Scars, This Final Season, and Chibs". Vulture. New York. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "Surgeon Says Hospitals Treat a Knife Victim Every Six Hours". The Daily Express. Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  3. ^ Harvey, Oliver (2009-10-16). "If the Booze Doesn't Get You, The Blade Will". The Sun (London). Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  4. ^ Arlidge, John (1995-04-24). "City Slicker Glasgow". The Independent (London). Retrieved 2009-11-20. 
  5. ^ Peter Ward Booth, Barry L. Eppley, Rainer Schmelzeisen (2003), Maxillofacial trauma and esthetic facial reconstruction, p. 555 
  6. ^ McKay, Reg (October 19, 2007). "Razor gangs ruled the streets but even in the violence of pre-war years, one man stood out". Daily Record (UK). Retrieved February 25, 2015. 
  7. ^ MIKE SULLIVAN, Crime Editor, and ALEX PEAKE (2011-03-26). "The end of a reign of terror | The Sun |Features". The Sun. Retrieved 2013-09-03.